Boys soccer: Wheaton Academy denies Marmion conference title
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media October 10, 2012 9:38PM
Marmion's Matt Switzer (5) pressures Wheaton Academy's Gareth Flynn (7) during Wednesday's match in Aurora. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2012 12:02PM
There was a controversial call and a successful penalty kick, a final-minute equalizer and then a game-winning score in double overtime. What more could one expect when Wheaton Academy traveled to Marmion on Wednesday night to decide the Suburban Christian Conference boys soccer champion?
Both teams took the field with identical 7-0 conference records, but it was the Warriors who escaped with the conference championship getting a goal from Gareth Flynn with 4:07 left in double overtime to beat the Cadets, 2-1.
Marmion (13-6-2, 7-1), which was playing a man down due to a red card late in the second half, surrendered the game-winner when Grant Stoneman sent a pass that passed through the defense to Flynn.
“It came from a great pass from (Stoneman) and went through a few legs,” Flynn said. “I got it right on the penalty (area) and took a touch and just toed it in.”
Wheaton Academy (16-6-0, 8-0) appeared to have the game sealed with 2:42 left in the second half when Stoneman converted a penalty kick. The Warriors were awarded the opportunity when Marmion’s Matt Switzer was whistled for a foul in the penalty area.
Although they had only a handful of scoring chances all evening, the Cadets came through with their biggest of the night with 55 seconds left when all-everything freshman Conor Morton blasted a net-seeking missile of a shot from approximately 30 yards away that knotted the match at 1-1.
“He has scored one like that before but not in this type of situation,” Marmion coach Ricky Del Toro said. “But we see it in practice and see what kind of player he is and the potential that he has. He showed it today even being injured and that takes a lot for a 14-year-old boy.”
The loss ended the Cadets’ 14-game unbeaten streak. A win would’ve tied the program record of 15.
“(Wheaton Academy) is always going to have a quality program and we’ve been working with the boys since June and we can play too,” Del Toro said. “I think with the boys we have now, and the freshmen that have come in, I’ve very excited for the future. Again, our expectations are to win conference every year.”
The Cadets fell just short of that goal this year, but will now turn their focus to their debut in the Class 3A state tournament. They will open against Wheaton Warrenville South next Tuesday after finishing fourth in Class 2A last year.